Saint John of the Cross on Suffering and the Love of God

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And I saw a river over which every soul must pass to reach the Kingdom of Heaven, and the name of that river was suffering … and then I saw a boat which carried souls across the river, and the name of that boat was Love.

Saint John of the Cross

Flannery O’Connor on being Catholic to the Core

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I am a Catholic not like someone else would be a Baptist or a Methodist, but like someone else would be an atheist.

– Flannery O’Connor

St. Alphonsus Liguori on Speaking with God as if Alone with Him

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Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends. Speak to Him often of your business, your plans, your troubles, your fears — of everything that concerns you. Converse with Him confidently and frankly; for God is not wont to speak to a soul that does not speak to Him.

St. Alphonsus Liguori

St. Augustine of Hippo on Loving God Late

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Late have I loved You. O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.

– St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Therese of Lisieux on Prayer Through Silence

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Frequently, only silence can express my prayer.

St. Therese of Lisieux

Flannery O’Connor on Catholic Belief

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If you’re a Catholic you believe what the Church teaches and the climate makes no difference.

Flannery O’Connor

Pope Paul VI on Christ Establishing the Church and Sending Her the Holy Spirit

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Christ did not found an abstract religion, a mere school of religious thought. He setup a community of apostles, of teachers, with the task of spreading His message and so giving rise to a society of believers: His Church. He promised the Spirit of truth to His Church and then sent Him.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)

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